We're now coming into the sunset of a season that started with disappointment, became hopeful, and then ended in a total buckwheats. After a third period melt down in Anaheim that will forever be remembered in the pantheon of third period meltdowns, the Jets play again tonight in a back to back against a Phoenix team that needs to win to keep its play-off dreams alive. Losing ten games out of their last twelve since March 4th when Mark Scheifele went down with an injury has uncovered not only serious goal tending issues but also highlighted depth problems in all positions. Give it a name, the Jets have slipped from a bubble team to a team that perennially misses the playoffs and has fallen into the bottom tier of teams in the NHL. The only positive Jets fans can take from the upcoming tilt against Dave Tippett's Coyotes is that their club can play spoiler to a Jets 1.0 club that's just barely holding off Dallas for the last spot in the West. However even that may come as a tall order after a demoralizing defeat in the land of Disney the night before.
Perhaps Jets fans can think of it as the start of the 2013-2014 pre-season and hope the man with the plan, Paul Maurice, gets an opportunity to evaluate some of the Jets up and comers, and also decide which bodies he'd rather not see return next year. So, lets get this skull session going and preview a game that means a lot to Dallas and Phoenix fans, but also might be considered a point of pride for Jets fans.
Keys to the game
- Let's get a good power-play practice in. The power play has probably been the difference between the Jets making the play-offs and not. If you count the number of one goal games, the number of penalties we draw with our speed and our power-play ranking, the picture becomes pretty clear. In these now inconsequential games, lets try new looks on the power play and see if anything pays off.
- Free Hutch!. Pavalec is looking brutal these days, and although the Jets played abysmally in the third period of the Anaheim game Pavalec looked like he's lost his Pavelectricity. #Buyout was a popular has tag in jets nation last night and with good reason.
- Lets try and play 60 minutes. The Jets looked brilliant in the first two against Anaheim, almost contenderish. Let's try and stretch that out for another 20 minutes.
- Momma let 'em play.Give the kids up from the rock a chance. Lets see how they do, what have you got to lose?
- Get on them quick. This is a nothing game for the Jets on a back to back coming off a hard loss. Get on them quick, get the lead and don't let the Jets get into the game
- Grind em. Play a heavy game in the neutral zone and neutralize their speed.
- Put shots on net.Whomever is in net tonight is behind the eight ball, take advantage!
- Feed off the energy of the crowd ......oh wait...
Player to boo mercilessly:
He's like Dustin Brown, a dirty player with no track record.
Jets: 3 Coyotes: 2 (If anyone but Pav is in net)